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Fish are biting big in 2019 Fort Kent International Muskie Derby

FORT KENT, Maine — Opening day of the 2019 Fort Kent International Muskie Derby saw some big fish top the leaderboards at the derby weigh station at UP North Outdoors on Main Street.

Seven anglers turned in muskie as of the weigh station’s closing on Friday evening, including Caleb Stocum, who topped the leaderboard with a 45 and ¾ inch muskie weighing in at just over 25 pounds. If Stocum’s fish can hold the top spot, it will be worth a $2,000 prize.

Jacob Theriault topped the leaderboard Friday evening in the bass category with a 20 ½ inch, 5.15-pound fish. The winner of the bass category will bring home a $1,000 prize.

As of Friday evening there were no entries on the children’s leaderboard, but that board never remains empty. There are still two full fishing days left in the derby so anything can happen before the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at UP North Outdoors.

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